HONEY IN THE CARCASS

Horny in the Carcass

Honey in the Carcass

The Christian pilgrimage calls for care and caution. It calls for vigilance. We need to be wise lest our adversary outwits us. We must not be ignorant of the wiles of the enemy. If you’re bereft of the enemy’s tactics, you will soon become his prey. The Scripture says, “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

There is great benefit in reflecting on the lives of pilgrims who have travelled this way in the past. Samson is one of such examples from which we can learn some important lessons. Though there are many lessons we can learn from his life, this study will be restricted to the book of Judges 14:5-14.

The Victory

Samson went down to Timmah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.

The devil has been attacking men like a roaring lion in the same way Samson was attacked by the young lion; he’s been threatening to devour pilgrims on the way. He comes in form of storms, failure, family challenges, academic challenges, sicknesses, bad dreams, spiritual attacks etc. By the spirit of God, Samson tore the enemy apart. Yes, by God’s Spirit and power upon us we can bring down mountains, the lion can lie dead by our feet. By faith we can access the power of heaven to face our foes.

It should be noted that the attack came to Samson “suddenly”. He was caught unawares, yet he was able to destroy the destroyer because God was with him. Many a time, temptations and satanic attacks come to us when we least expect but the grace of God is always available for victory. The Bible says; ‘when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against it.” Since God can never be caught unaware, the only surety for safety is the assurance of the abiding presence of God. Watchfulness is summed up in the ability to answer this question; “Am I sure the Lord is with me?” Outside this, all your carefulness is futile.

Some time later…

….when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey.

Every victory won against the enemy makes him retreat and return in a more subtle and sophisticated way “some time later”. Don’t rest on your oars; don’t ever relent because of your past victory, the enemy is still coming back. He has only gone for a season. “Christians seek not yet repose”, says the old hymn.

“… he turned aside to look at the lions carcass”

Samson turned aside to look at the lion’s Carcass- a dead body! What attracted him to a dead sight? Why leave the company of the living to observe the dead? Perhaps he was interested in seeing the remains of the defeated foe. He wanted to take a last look and laugh at his enemy. This, however, was the beginning of his woes.

Friend, there is great danger in turning aside to look at the sinful lifestyle you once lived. Why go back to the evil habit you conquered? Past sins and defeated habits may look dead and harmless yet, they bite with the venom of a serpent whenever you retract into them. The lion that couldn’t harm Samson as living defeated him as dead.

Dear man of God! Beware of presumption and overconfidence. You cannot watch nudity on T.V in the name of maturity. The divine advice is “flee all appearances of evil”. In fact, true maturity is in fleeing and not seeing.

As a Nazirite from birth, Samson should not come near the dead let alone touching it, but he turned aside to take a look. Aren’t you also turning aside to gaze at the remains of your old life? Aren’t you peering through the window to watch the women of the land as Dinah did? What’s attracting you to the carcass of sin you once abandoned? Hope you’ve been delivered from the garlic and onions of Egypt though you are now on your way to the land of promise? Aren’t you turning aside to consider the ways of the world- its dressing, language and lifestyle- that were once loathsome to you? It’s time for check-up! You need to know the true state of your heart before God.

If indeed you are born again, you have been separated from the world and dedicated to God. You are a Nazirite. You have nothing to do with the dead works – sin. You’ll become a victim of sin if you keep looking back. You’ll soon land into trouble if you keep gazing at strange and worldly women or men on your phone and computer system. Your eyes can lead you into sin.

The Nature of Sin

… In it (the carcass) was a Swarm of bees and some honey.

Inside the carcass lies the honey. Inside evil, corruption, defilement … lies the good. What an irony; the irony of sin! Sin is useless and ugly. It stinks like a decomposing dead body but the devil often coats it with honey so that one might be tempted to eat of it. Samson succumbed to temptation and took of the honey in the carcass thereby defiling him. Honey is good but honey inside carcass brings defilement of soul and spirit.

Sin tastes good but its poison is like that of a viper. The pleasure derived from sin is temporal but it introduces permanent pain, regret and death into the life of a man. Are you a victim of a secret sin already? As honey on a dead body so is any good found in sin. Such good is evil. The enemy is a specialist in packaging sin in attractive wrappers. This doesn’t change the nature of sin. Sin is sin. Bribery to secure a job is a sin. You must decide to stay aloof of sin no matter the ‘good’ in it. It’s a bait. It’ll introduce death into you.

The Nature of the World

Nature of the World

Nature of the World

Honey in the carcass – that’s the succinct definition of the world system! The things of the world are not bad in themselves but they can be abused. And the abuse of good things is the essence of sin. The media, gadgets such as phones, computers and TV including the internet are good but they have been channeled towards destructive ends. We encounter a lot of junks and immoral stuff in the use of these good things. It’s becoming extremely difficult to use them without encountering the evil things of this world. It’s like the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil that destroyed the first man in the garden of Eden. You cannot eat the good and avoid the evil. It’s interwoven. The bitter truth is many of us have touched the dead while reaching forth for the honey. We’ve soiled our garments and broken our consecration. What should have been used for our good has brought us more evil. It takes the grace of God and the maturity of the heart not to be a victim. Even watching religious films may result in wasting productive time in pleasure seeking if it is done at the wrong time.

This calls for extreme soberness and watchfulness since you cannot isolate yourself from the world. By the grace of God, you can use the world and not abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). You can say no to all worldly lust in this present age where Satan seems to have taken over in all areas. You can escape the corruption inherent in the world through lust. You can guard your mind jealously against the fiery darts and satanic arrows. Yes, you can be a burning and a shining light in the gross darkness of this world.

The “Dis-joining” Mission of Sin

“When he rejoined his parents . . .”(NIV)

The word “rejoined” connotes that Samson had to be disconnected or separated from his parents to turn aside to the carcass. He had to be severed from the relationship and the cover of grace provided by his parents. He knew his parents would reprove him since they had the knowledge of his personal consecration. He must not touch the touch the dead.

The first assignment of sin is to disconnect you from the Source of life. You cannot be closely united with the Lord and commit sin. In every act of sin, there was first a deliberate attempt to severe yourself from the word of God and the Holy Spirit (who convicts your heart at that point). When you eventually yielded to sin, you were automatically separated from Christ. This is why the Bible says, “…and in him is no sin. Whoever abideth in him sinneth not…” (1Jn3:5-6 KJV). You’ll have to be outside God to commit sin.

Just like the case of Samson, sin does not only disconnect you from God but also from the covering of grace. It usually begins with withdrawal from the gathering of God’s children. You’ll start rejecting the godly instructions and counsel of your pastors and spiritual leaders. Eventually you are completely severed like the prodigal son who went into a far country and wasted his substance with riotous living. You’re now out of coverage of the divine network. The danger of this severance is that rapture or death can occur at that point of separation; no matter how short leading to eternal damnation.

The Danger of Hidden Sin

Although, Samson later ‘rejoined’ himself with his parents, yet, he intentionally kept silent about his sin. This kind of rejoining is insincere, deceptive and hypocritical. Scriptures says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”(Proverb 28:13KJV).

Friend, sin is strengthened by secrecy. When sin remains secret, it becomes more deadly. You’re likely to do it again. That’s a walk towards destruction. Don’t keep your sins to yourself. It’s why the Bible says, “confess your sins (secret faults) to each other so that you may be healed. . .”

Restitution by confession to an elder in the faith or to a trusted spiritual friend is potent enough to deliver you from guilty conscience even after you have repented of your sins. It brings healing to your wounded soul and holds you accountable. This is very crucial. (Please Read Proverb 30:11-14,17)

Covered sin makes you agent of defilement to others

“. . .he gave them some, and they too ate it . But he did not tell them.”

Samson obviously knew the implications of his actions. For why wouldn’t he tell his parents about the source of the honey? After he had defiled himself, he went ahead to defile others. Can you see wickedness?

 Many today have been defiled by listening to sweet words of some deluded preachers. Worldly principles backed up by scriptures taken out of context have been ignorantly swallowed by many. Friend, you need to be careful of the kind of messages you listen to, the books (even so called spiritual books) you read and the men that feeds you. Always act like the Berean Christians who cross-checked the massages they heard from Paul. It is not a sin to ask God to explain something that looks confusing to you; even if you heard it from your ‘G O’. In fact, the scripture says, “Do not believe every spirits, but test the spirits (even God’s Spirit) whether they are from God.” (Read 1John 4:1-3). You therefore need to be careful lest you be led astray by demonic revelations and high sounding philosophical arguments which are based only on human wisdom.

Consequently, you’ll become a stumbling block to others. You’ll be ignorantly defiling innocent souls around you. It’s why so-called big brothers in fellowships fornicate with naïve sisters under the pretense of discipleship. Sister leaders lead many young girls astray by their ungodly dress, seductive make ups and secret immorality. Jesus said, “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

Rejoicing in Sin

“And Samson made a feast there”

Perhaps, this is a description of your current state; feasting instead of fasting for your sins. You can still approach the altar in reckless dancing and celebrations. You seem not to realize your deplorable state. You can still share fantastic testimonies of your past walk with God as if you’re still in touch with Him. You wear the choir robe as if it’s a covering for your sins. You are even bold enough to lead church worship though you slept in a man’s house the night before. This is a strange fire on God’s altar. It’s what killed Nadab and Abihu. A heart that prefers merriment to mourning for his sins or laughs at what grieves God’s heart is an offence to God. The Scriptures says: “The sacrifices of God are a broken Spirit, a broken heart and a contrite Spirit, O Lord, you will not despise”

One thing God cannot despise is a broken heart no matter the gravity of sin. God will show mercy when He sees a heart full of regret for his sins and readiness to forsake them. You need to cry to God for such a heart. It was this kind of heart that David possessed and he was adjudged a man after God’s own heart. Saul on the other hand went ahead to erect a monument for himself even after disobeying God’s instruction. He argued with Samuel denying his own errors. Such men as Saul will surely be despised without remedy. Are you truly begging God for your life? All sacrifices of service after sinning is an abomination before God (Read Proverbs 15:8).

Taking Pride in Sin

“Out of the eater, something to eat, out of the strong, something sweet…”

Sin will make a man go farther than he intends to. A little sin can lead to more grievous sins. Samson compounded his woes by his unrepentant attitude. Committing a sin is not as grievous as covering up or remaining recalcitrant to the Word of God. May God open your eyes and your heart!

It seems to me that Samson actually enjoyed what he did. Perhaps, he did it deliberately. In the same way, many have become addicted to sin. They are trapped in the vicious cycle of sinful habits; committing the same sin over and over again without any pang of the conscience.

You need God to alter your appetite for sin in case you are already a victim. Cry to Him so that you will stop calling poison honey or perceive bitterness as sweetness. You’ve become so wild in alcohol consumption and ‘toasting’ girls. You’re now a champion among your sinful friends. You’re treading the path of destruction if you do not repent. Men who trod this same destructive path are now horrible examples from which we learn. Such is Samson. Repent now before it is too late for you. Pray God to give you a passionate hatred for sin and a concomitant love for righteousness.

Instead of seeking genuine repentance, Samson made riddles out of his sin. He skillfully coined a proverb out of evil, an attitude replica of many today who trivializes sin. The eventual fall of Samson was a cumulative effect of little slips along the way. It actually started when he gradually began to break his consecration and continued to lay his hands on sin till he threw in the last straw that broke the Camel’s back. It cost him his eyes and his ministry. He died with his enemies. Samson came to his senses when a lot has been damaged. You can come to Him now before the enemy puts you to public shame. Do it now! Repent today because tomorrow might be too late.

By Olukunle Ojo

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